Nellis Air Force Base Native American Interaction Program
The Nellis Air Force (NAFB) lands, which occupy much of southern
Nevada. This land was once part of the aboriginal homelands of the
Newe and Nungwu, today known as the Owens Valley Paiutes, Southern
Paiutes, and Western Shoshones. This land contains places that
Numic-speaking peoples used for thousands of years prior to
Euro-American encroachment into the region. This part of Nevada was
withdrawn from the public domain in the early 1940s to serve as a
bombing and military training range. Indian people were prevented
access to their traditional places once the land became part of
this secure government facility.
Approximately sixty years later, Numic-Speaking people became engaged in consultation efforts with the United Stated Air Force on Nellis Air Force Base. In accordance with federal law, Nellis Air Force Base (NAFB) created the Native American Interaction Program (NAIP) as a foundation for government-to-government consultation and to involve tribal members in all facets of the environmental program with an emphasis on field participation. Since its inception in 1996, the philosophy of the NAIP has been to proactively involve culturally affiliated tribes in planning, review, and both ethnographic and archaeological field projects. Richard Stoffle and his research team have conducted numerous research projects for NAFB and their American Indian Program since 2000. Ethnographic projects on NAFB involve active participation from the Consolidated Group of Tribes and Organizations (CGTO) which is a pan-tribal, multi-ethnic group created in 1990 to address consultation with federal facilities located within traditional territories. The CGTO comprises 17 tribes and pan-Indian organizations from the Mohave, Southern Paiute, Western Shoshone, and Owens Valley Paiute ethnic groups. At NAFB, the Fort Mojave Tribe participates at the consultation table because of its traditional ties to the south range.
Please note that the reports and project materials are not available at this time.